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Why You Should Work at Refactr

Post by Ben Edwards

Where we choose to spend our days developing software can have a big impact on our lives. If we aren’t happy and fulfilled in the work part of our life, those other parts need to be that much better to … Continue reading

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Startup Pitfall #2: You CAN be too accessible

Post by Ben Edwards

One of the first things we thought we knew about the way we wanted to employ agile methods* was that our team should nearly always be on-site with the customer or stakeholder to facilitate communication most effectively. With several projects … Continue reading

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New Refactr world headquarters

Post by Ben Edwards

Yes, we have moved into new offices in Minneapolis. North East Minneapolis at 4th Street NE and Hennepin to be exact. We have a suite on the top floor of a three story building. The space has high ceilings, ample … Continue reading

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Startup Pitfall #1: Top-Heaviness

Post by Ben Edwards

On some level it seems to make sense, when building your startup staff, to want your “generals” in place before you start drafting your soldiers. That way plans can be made, hierarchies established, and processes put in place. But, it … Continue reading

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More on daily meetings

Post by Scott Vlaminck

Jon discusses why he and his team abandoned daily team meetings – a standard practice for many agile teams, particularly those using Scrum or XP. I can definitely sympathize with a couple of his reasons because I’ve had some of … Continue reading

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The hardest part of being an Agile Project Manager

Post by Scott Vlaminck

Brian Button recently described The hardest part of being an Agile Project Manager for him on a project: Staying out of the way. He’s found that to let the team effectively grow and work well together, they need to be … Continue reading

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Agile Roles

Post by Jesse O'Neill-Oine

Many people struggle to understand where their role fits on an agile team. A lot has been written about this topic, but I’ll attempt to clarify how I believe traditional roles (i.e. Architect, Developer, Project Manager) can transition effectively to … Continue reading

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Should intuition play a part in developing software?

Post by Ben Edwards

I was reading Thomas Nilsson’s site (nice site) on Responsive Development (nice term) when I came across a quote in Thomas’ post titled What is “Agile” all about? Really? from agile guru and manifeto signatory Ron Jeffries. Jeffries offers some … Continue reading

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Trying vs. Using Applied to Interviewing

Post by Jesse O'Neill-Oine

Jason over at 37 signals has a great post about the difference between trying something and using something.  This ties in nicely with something that I’ve been thinking about recently which is: what is the best way to interview potential … Continue reading

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Transparency in salaries

Post by Ben Edwards

Alexander Kjerulf posted some time back about how secret salaries are a bad idea. Here are his major reasons: It frustrates employees because any unfairness (real or perceived) can’t be addressed directly. They’re not secret anyway. People talk, you know. … Continue reading

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